Thursday, June 1, 2017

PATIENCE



Let us consider patience as much more than simply waiting. In its fullest sense, patience is the pull of perfection upon time and space, drawing all form in to its highest possible expression.  Simply, all form has a perfect pattern into which it is inexorably drawn. Here patience holds the universe together and causes it to evolve. As a result we have time – sequence, space- the distance between sequences and patience- the force that holds form together allowing it to evolve. Under these conditions it is easy to see how patience could be considered a waiting but unless our waiting is imbued with faith it is simply pausing.  In the absence of faith patience is at best a punctuation mark in our day; a comma, a pause at the end of a clause.

We cannot spiritualize matter for it is already spiritual. Matter is spirit compressed into motive, then into thought and finally into material form. However we can materialize spirit and that is our mission in flesh and bone. If we in our impatience do not allow the mental and physical expressions of spirit to be worked on by the pull of perfection as it materializes the final form will be distorted, deformed and dis-eased. In life we must give the faithful pauses equal value to the activities themselves for excellence to result. In a material environment order depends on time and space while excellence upon patience. In music the spaces between the sounds are as important as the notes themselves. In our daily doings constant activity without constructive pauses for patience will give rise to confusion and ultimately to chaos. 

This is all relatively easy to understand until fear rises within us and as a result we jump out in front of patience. Then we give precedence to fear over faith, angst over patience and dis-ease will inevitably the result. A life well lived is meant to be enveloped in patience and without these constructive pauses we are going against the pattern of perfection. In our expression of spirit we must have faith sufficient to give fear no place to take hold. Consequently the symphony will be more beautiful yet and the spaces called patience will provide elegance to the notes they separate.  

As we go out in to each day let us keep our mind on patience and not allow our self to react in fear to the challenges they hold for us. We cannot remind our self too frequently of the importance of patience in our activities and if we have lost our focus for the moment we can renew it the next. In this way what we do not do is as important as what we do and the symphony produced by our activities will be punctuated with patience.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Diversity and Harmony



There is only one cause, one source, one life, one substance and that is our precious Lord. The living consciousness of this Infinite Loving Kindness we call God is expressed as spirit from which flows an endless variety of form. Thus oneness is expressed as allness in a seemingly endless variety of ways. 

As God is infinite, absolute and perfect it holds that all expressions of Him are so as well. Held together in and formed of His consciousness creation is the perfection of diversity and harmony. Our Lord is infinite as is the variety of forms in which He expresses Himself. This is the pattern of perfection and all life is inexorably drawn to it. We who are actual fragments of unspeakable holiness are part of this pattern of boundless diversity and consummate harmony. We flow from perfection and recreate our self in an endless variety of ways. No matter how distant creation may seem from our Creator, no matter how many intermediate stages it may appear to have traveled, this is an illusion for the consciousness of God embraces everything. 

In our travels across the face of time, in our excitement of being co-creators, we have periodically lost sight of harmony. The result of this discord is fear and pain, anxiety and illness. And we suffer because of the turmoil that is caused by our waring against the pull of perfection, the call of harmony. When we have lost sight of harmony with the creative forces of the Infinite Spirit of our Lord we cast a shadow upon the road we travel. Ultimately we send our attention in to this shadow, the dimness caused by our inharmony and for a while we are lost to the light.

The good news is that the pull of perfection is relentless, it is unyielding and inexhaustible. It will continue unabated until we ultimately surrender to Infinite Loving Kindness in all of His forms. When this is done harmony will be restored as in an instant and it will be as if we never embodied discord. 

We can begin as we are and where we are. We need not go anywhere or do anything to return to our original harmonious state except to stop our resistance. We need only to stop our preoccupation with our self, our desires and even what we have come to identify as our needs. We need only to choose to be a channel for Infinite Loving Kindness in all forms and He will take care of the rest. We need not be perfect we need only to be willing, to be up and doing and we will be filled with the fullness of grace and mercy. Then we will not only find our self healed of all discord but everything upon which we cast our gaze will be drawn into boundless harmony. 

As we go about our busy day let us stop periodically to reflect upon what we are creating, what we are recreating and why. Let us remember that we are part the Infinite Holiness and it His consciousness we mold in every form and shape. Thus He lives in every possible form in which we can express our self.
May God bless you and awaken within you the remembrance that you are divine beings living within the embrace of divinity.  

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Children of Divinity



We are children of divinity, created in the image and likeness of that Infinite Loving Kindness we call God. All that has been, all that is and all that can be comprises our essence and it is both perfect and absolute.  This said, how can we explain being overcome by fear and illness? Certainly the pains we suffer are not larger than infinite love, nor can the things we fear overcome absolute goodness. Yet we suffer. 

Let us consider there is not a conflict between what we suffer and that unspeakable goodness of which we are comprised. Our infinite self, our soul self is perfect in every way and unspotted by anything we have ever done. It is our highest motivation and pours out through our mind. What we do with regard to this motivation, our thoughts and deeds constitute our mind. Here, in our mind is where we find that discord that results in fear and illness. When we choose to act in opposition with our essence we create a conflict that eventually results in fear and illness.

Our soul essence pours out through our mind seeking expression in our daily activities. When we act in harmony instead of in conflict with these impulses we create a life filled with infinite love. Here there is no fear, no doubt and no illness. The difficulty is in thinking we must undo something. The good news is that we cannot go backwards we can only live in the present. When we begin to act in accord with that infinite goodness seeking expression through our mind and body anything contrary will simply melt away. It will disappear like those shadows we fear in a darkened room will vanish once it has been illuminated. There is nothing to undo, nothing to combat and nothing to conquer. We need simply to resolve moment by moment to act in accord with our highest impulses and the result will take care of itself. 

Let us fear not those things we do not understand, those things that seem larger than life. We have only to harmoniously express who we really are each and every moment and not require any specific results. In a life harmoniously lived there are no results only processes and when we look beyond this we are inevitably beset with fear and doubt. May we this day dedicate our purpose; offer our mind and body to be the means to express Infinite Loving Kindness. And to this let us rededicate our self over and over and over again.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Healing Grace



Our Lord is perfect, the sum and substance of all creation, all present, all knowing, all powerful and infinite love. There is nowhere that our Lord is not because everything that exists is one or another form of Him. With this grand picture how then do we reconcile pain, suffering and illness?

From our Lord flows limitless light and life. If we turn our back to the light we will not see it even though we are bathed in it. We will instead see our own shadow and eventually we will come to believe there is an absence of God. It is this belief that is the beginning of the feeling of separation and an absence of grace. Yet we are not apart from God except in our own mind. 

Beyond our mind spirit flows in to us fresh, new and perfect every moment however as it passes through our mind is becomes distorted by our attitudes, our emotions, our deep seated prejudices and our beliefs. If for example we construct a light bulb with green glass, the light that shines from within the glass may be white but because it passes through the glass everything the bulb illuminates will appear green. In this way illness begins in our mind while pain and suffering are the result. It is not so much a matter of what God does to us but what we have done with God. Yet that perfection beyond comprehension flows in to us continuously.

Healing comes when we step out of the way and allow the goodness and grace of Perfection to flow though us without distortion. This is a tall order because we are preoccupied with our thoughts our ambitions and our desires. But there is somewhere to begin and that is to dedicate our self to being instruments of Perfection. Not devoted to being perfect but to be used by Perfection. When we reflect on our attitudes, our actions, let us ask is this what we should be doing with Perfection. How will we express our Lord? How will we spend His grace? And when the slings and arrows come upon us, which they surely will, when we are wounded from every side, we can confidently turn to Perfection and say this has nothing to do with us.

It is in the try that the uninhibited light of our precious Lord shines in and in the try we will find healing of every sort. When we seek prayer, healing prayer, it is to awaken within us that sense of devotion that we may keep on trying. In this way we may lean on others and have them lean upon us that our continued trying will allow the prefect light of grace to pass through us unhampered and we will be healed every bit.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

For Goodness Sake



When we are ill it is important to treat the cause of our problem. Otherwise we are treating symptoms alone and the problem will persist. One of the greatest causes of illness in the human body is resentment. We suffer the wounds of hurts from perceived wrongs that we can remember and those many we have long since forgotten. What to do? We can try to deal with those hurts we remember but what about the much larger number of injuries we can no longer recall. Are we to remain the victim and let our body continue to be tormented with suffering from those offenses that reside beyond our recollection?

We are children of Infinite Loving Kindness and when we become aware of this all fear and resentment will simply evaporate. However, no matter how magnificent we are, the awareness of this as human beings is something that is aroused within us gradually, thought upon thought and act upon act. We often believe we earn healing through faith but the truth of the matter is we are children of Infinite Tenderness and health is not earned but our birthright. One of the most effective reminders of our holiness is to be channels of grace, instruments of forgiveness. As bearers of grace our awakening is incredibly moving as we begin to remember who we really are. 

We need not remember or even confront the resentments we harbor because by awakening a sense of our divinity they simply evaporate. Act upon act, deed upon deed we awaken the awareness or our unspeakable holiness that dissolves fear and resentment. 

So where do we begin? We may begin by forgiving all offenses, those that confront us and those we can recall. To be effective our forgiveness is not something that needs to be earned. There is no limit to how many times an act or even the same act should be forgiven. Likewise it would be well for us to place no requirements upon the offender for the only prerequisite to which we should be subject is that which simply requires us to be forgiving. This single act of unlimited forgiveness, repeatedly exercised, will do more to awaken as sense of our own divinity than most anything else we can think of. 

Let us resolve this day that we will forgive our brothers and sisters without hesitation, without limit and without condition. As we do this we will draw to us those that seek the grace that passes through us as forgiveness that they may see more clearly in the light reflected by our activity. Then we may find we are healed every bit of those conditions that are dissolved in the presence of that Infinite Loving Kindness of which we are comprised.